Jaylen Kelly-Powell has been on Michigan's campus numerous times in the last few months. Pair those experiences with prior trips during the fall and winter and you have a youngster who has seen a lot of what the Wolverines have to offer. Then when he visited again last Wednesday with his dad he saw even more.
“It was more of a sit-down to see exactly what their plans are for him to see where he fits,” Mr. Powell explained. “It was a one-n-one with Coach Brown. He got to talk with Coach Partridge of course and Coach Bush and Coach Fisch while he was up there.”
“It was more informative. It was probably by far the best time and best (visit) he had since he’s been (going) up there. It was very detailed and very to the point (when it came to) what they see him as, what they want him to do, and how much of a priority he is. It was what we needed to hear.”
Since starting safeties Dymonte Thomas and Delano Hill will be seniors next fall and Jabrill Peppers’ early departure is a distinct possibility, Brown & company didn’t mince words regarding the opportunity that would staring the Cass Tech star in the face.
“They said they’re recruiting him as a safety,” said Mr. Powell. “They cleared that up because a couple of schools are recruiting him as a corner. He is a safety that can cover so they’re looking at him as a Dymonte/Delano/Peppers.”
“They broke down the Jabrill Peppers position,” he later added. “They say it’s the SAM linebacker position, and it is, but it’s not. It’s like a hybrid between a safety and a linebacker. (Brown) showed us how in his defense the last couple of players that have played that position, their stats (were impressive).”
Another point of emphasis for the Maize & Blue brass was making very clear their strong desire for Kelly-Powell to team up with his cousin Detroit King athlete Ambry Thomas, and don the winged helmet together. It turns out that attending the same school has definitely been a topic of discussion for the two Motor City stars.
“They talk about it all the time,” Mr. Powell said. “Actually when we got back from Michigan (Wednesday) we called Ambry and told him he needed to get up there to sit down to talk to them because they’re very high on him. They pretty much have the same schools in mind, but it’s not a backbreaker or a deal-breaker if (they don’t wind up playing together). That’s just something that they’d like.”
“I’ve been trying to get these two to play together forever. (During) little league Jaylen always played up, so I could never get him and Ambry to play together. Then for high school Ambry was two inches from going to Cass, but King was able to get him to go over there. I’m just hoping that they’ll be able to play together one day.”
There are a number of schools, including Michigan that have that same hope. For now Kelly-Powell remains focused on researching more of his suitors. A West Coast trip late next month is a pivotal piece to his recruiting puzzle.
“He is going to Vegas for a week,” Mr. Powell said of his son. “It’s the week of the (Memorial Day) holiday. He leaves on a Wednesday, the holiday is that Monday, and then he comes back that (following) Wednesday. So while he is out there he’ll be visiting a couple of schools. Oregon offered (Wednesday). That’s probably going to be one of the priorities when he gets out there.”
Also on the agenda are California and Stanford. If the talented youngster still needs to see more after that, dad indicated there’s a chance the recruiting process could last into the fall if necessary.
But only if necessary.
“We may go take a couple of official visits if he gets that far,” said Mr. Powell.
“If he feels comfortable at any point to pull the trigger, I’m going to support him and let him go ahead and pull the trigger. If he told me tomorrow that he was ready I’d be ecstatic and glad to get it over with.”